Postwar Architecture Task Force
of Greater Phoenix

DEFENDING THE VALLEY'S
MIDCENTURY ARCHITECTURE SINCE 2012




ALERT!

Stewart Motor Company is under imminent threat.

Paradise Chapel in Arcadia was demolished in June.

Valley National Bank at 1st and Wiletta is vulnerable
as it is considered for multifamily housing

Valley National Bank Wiletta branch by Weaver and Drover

Western Savings (Souper Salad) at Metrocenter is vulnerable with new PUD zoning


Western Savings aka Souper Salad

M I S S I O N

The Postwar Architecture Task Force of Greater Phoenix promotes, protects and preserves our midcentury architectural heritage for the enjoyment of future generations.

Our all-volunteer Task Force is comprised of cultural leaders, historic preservation professionals, educators, architects, journalists, realtors, civic leaders and activists.

We partner with civic, cultural, educational and preservation-minded organizations on both a local and national level to further research, publishing, events, tours, activism, outreach and policy reform on midcentury architectural topics.

We promote the economic, civic, cultural, historical and ecological benefits of preserving the midcentury heritage of Greater Phoenix.

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Our success will be measured on three dimensions

Legislation: We aim to repeal Proposition 207 and reverse the chilling effect it has had on the historic preservation of midcentury properties.

Prevention: We will act in fierce defense of over 200 midcentury commercial properties and take every available measure to protect our Top 25 from demolition. We will persuade the owners of midcentury buildings, homes and even entire neighborhoods to pursue historic designation as a proactive defense against permanent loss.

Designation: We will partner with property owners to nominate exceptional midcentury properties and neighborhoods for historic preservation overlay.

V I S I O N

Our vision is to protect and preserve Greater Phoenix’s midcentury modern buildings, neighborhoods and homes so future generations can grow up in, restore, appreciate and learn from exceptional architecture. As a result of our outreach, Greater Phoenix will rise as a top destination for architectural tourism and real estate investment, and inspire pride in its residents for their rich midcentury heritage.


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Top 25 Eligible yet Unprotected Midcentury Marvels



The Postwar Architecture Task Force used the Midcentury Marvels book of 80+ commercial properties in Phoenix city limits to prioritize and identify architecture they believe is culturally significant and qualifies for placement on the National Register for Historic Places and City of Phoenix Historic Register. These Top 25 properties are encouraged to work with PATF and the City of Phoenix to place their buildings on a historic register to preserve them for generations to come.

Since identifying the original Top 25 several years ago, one building has been demolished (Bill Johnson's Big Apple) one is under imminent threat (Stewart Motor Company/Circles Records) and Western Savings/Souper! Salad! has been rezoned under a PUD putting its land use at risk. Because of the rapid rate of chance in the city and chanring priorities, a refreshed version of Top 25 was re-compiled in June of 2016.

Proposition 207, voted into law by Arizona citizens in 2006, makes it especially difficult for postwar architecture to be placed on any register or be offered any protections. Join us in influencing property owners to willingly place their properties on a register and sounding the alarm with city and state government that our midcentury design heritage is being lost.


OUR TOP 25

Durant's
Central Towers
300 Bowl (AMF Bowling)
Veteran's Memorial Coliseum
Mardian Construction Company Headquarters
Phoenix Financial Center Tower and Pavilions
Stewart Motor Company (Circles Records) THREATENED
Memory Lawn Mausoleum and Chapel, Greenwood Cemetery
First National Bank of Arizona (Rock of Salvation Ministries)
Valley National Bank (Chase Bank, 44th/Camelback)
Friedman Office Building (Red Modern Furniture)
Conn & Candlin Office (The Melcher Agency)
Valley National Bank (Devenney Group)
Western Savings & Loan (Souper Salad)
Lou Regester Furniture (Copenhagen)
Corral Drive-In (Corral Cleaners)
Paris Laundry & Dry Cleaning
APS Administration Building
5th Avenue Medical Building
Lescher & Mahoney Office
First National Bank at 24th
Miracle Mile Storefronts
Arizona Title Building
IBEW Union Hall


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Members

John Jacquemart
Donna Reiner
Peter Newton
Derek Horn
Alison King
Marshall Shore
Jennifer Boucek
Suad Mahmuljin

Co-Chairs

Roger Brevoort
Greg Kilroy